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Air Carrier Plans to Start Commercial Jet Service at Briscoe Field

Atlanta based ImagineAir expects to have 10 to 15 flights arrive and depart the Lawrenceville airport within the next five years.

While the , a local airline says they are planning to bring commercial flights to the Lawrenceville airport.

Atlanta based ImagineAir plans to bring 10 to 15 commercial flights in and out of Briscoe a day within the next five years.

“We are working hard to make Lawrenceville a hub for the aviation industry," said ImagineAir's CEO Ben Hamilton in a release. "We believe our growth will prove the viability of Gwinnett Airport for further commercialization.” 

ImagineAir expects to have as many as five departures and arrivals a day as early as next month. 

Currently, their fleet consists of small Cirrus SR22's, however the company is looking at adding jets.

ImagineAir describes themselves as an air taxi service. They say their customers primarily make short flights, replacing three to eight hour drives.

What do you think about ImagineAir bringing commercial flights to Briscoe Field? Tell us about it in the comment section below.

Andrew McNeil August 10, 2012 at 01:57 PM
I find it amusing that there is no discussion of the cost of a ticket on one of these "commercial" jets. Imagine Air may be attempting to prove a point of some kind, but to claim that their growth will "prove the viability of Gwinnett Airport for further commercialization" is only an assumption that Imagine Air will be successful. Currently, Briscoe has no Part 139 service which would be needed to fly the proposed aircraft. There are no funds in the kitty to even apply for Part 139 to the FAA. The cost of these "short flights"?? I have heard that a flight to Charlotte would cost around $1488 and that Charleston is a deal at a mere $2200!! WOW...I know everyone will be chomping at the bit to book a ticket. However, citizens must remain vigilant in watching what happens with this proposal and the county. It's not over until the fat lady sings, and the "No commercial air traffic" vote in June was only a warm up to the main event!! Stay watchful!
Katrina August 10, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Agreed!
PeterS August 10, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Actually Andrew, clearly you are not aware of the rules, a part 139 certification is not necessary for these type of flights. Imagine can do it today and there is nothing anyone can do about it. In reality it is basically already happening now and has been for years. In regard to pricing well its all relative isn't it.
Andrew McNeil August 10, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Peter...the lack of a Part 139 will limit the size of aircraft Imagine Air is able to use at Briscoe. Yes, all things are relative, and if the "corporate types" want to pay exhorbitant tickets prices, fine with me. However, the only funds available for projects at Briscoe are for small...perhaps landscaping, signage, wash racks, etc. Imagine Air can fly their smaller planes under Part 135, but again, that limits the size of aircraft, but to commercialize (like say Delta) there would definately have to be an approval of a Part 139 from the FAA...Not gonna happen anytime soon...sorry.
Clem K August 11, 2012 at 02:07 AM
Peter S and Andrew, you are both correct in some respects. Yes, Imagine Air can do this and has been doing it under FAR Part 135, which is a general aviation regulatory part. Part 135 addresses the "commercial" aspect of general aviation which applies to the corporate jet types of aircraft. However, operating under Part 135 does limit the size, weight, and type of aircraft. Without Part 139 certification, among other things, no one will be able to operate the "big" jets (Part 121) from any airport-no 737, A320, etc. No Part 139, no Part 121. Clearly you, Peter S, are not exactly up to speed on your regs or understanding, either.
Andrew McNeil August 11, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Thanks, Clem for being so concise in your explanation of Part 135 and Part 139. Imagine Air has been operating out of Briscoe for several years...the SR22s they fly are trubo prop planes...no problem there. Yes, I agree that no "large jets" will be operating out of Briscoe without a Part 139 (and hence 121) certification. Thanks goodness that the part 135 does limit size, weight, and type of aircraft. I think this may be just a "pie in the sky" comment from Imagine Air as they dream big for their future...or maybe they have been drinking the Brett Smith coolaid!
Paul R August 11, 2012 at 04:03 PM
It looks like ImagineAir already had orders for the Eclipse Jet and then lost them when Eclipse went under. I suppose flying Eclipses under part 135 counts as "commercial jet service" just not in the traditional sense. Also I've been following air taxi and ImagineAir won't achieve the kind of volume their promising unless they can offer per-seat pricing. A full fare to Charlotte (at $930 according to their website) isn't so bad divided among three people ($310 per seat in private aircraft are you kidding me?). Last minute or biz class on Delta is more expensive.

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